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New Toccoa pool to open Aug. 7
The new city pool and bathhouse on Doyle Street will open Aug. 7, officials said.
Source: Anderson Independent Mail

Conyers adopts rollback millage rate
Conyers taxpayers will see a slightly lower millage rate this year, but their tax bills should remain relatively the same.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Oxford’s stake in EPA-proposed CO2 regulations
Oxford’s electricity generation and rates may change in the coming years after a new carbon dioxide regulations proposal was released by the U.S. EPA in June.
Source: Covington News

City conducting stormwater study
Businesses and residents in the city of Brunswick will know in about two years whether they will be paying another fee to City Hall.
Source: Brunswick News

Councilman forced out of discussions about changes to Marietta Square
Without much discussion, the City Council’s public works committee breezed through a vote allowing city employees to start planning changes to Marietta Square.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Auburn goes back and forth on street light fee
The first round of budget talks in Auburn included a discussion about whether residents should pay a fee for streetlights.
Source: Barrow County News

Liquor sales will be on ballot
Jefferson County and Louisville will be adding alcohol referendums to the ballot for the General Election in November.
Source: Louisville News & Farmer

City hears citizen’s concerns about dilapidated structures
Routine business topped the agenda at the regular meeting of the Lincolnton City Council held Tuesday, July 1.
Source: Lincoln Journal

Decatur updating development and building regulations
Decatur has begun a process to clean up some of its city ordinances through the proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
Source: Champion Newspaper

Eight finalists selected for Savannah-Chatham police chief
Significant progress has been made in selection of a new Savannah-Chatham police chief, essentially leaving the next steps in the hands of the city and county managers, according to city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historic Savannah Foundation appeals demolition of Broughton Street building
The Historic Savannah Foundation is appealing a recent decision by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals to allow demolition of a building at 240 W. Broughton St.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Judge limits action in Bibb-Monroe border scrap
A Fulton County judge has moved to limit the remaining options for settling the disputed border between Bibb and Monroe counties, but Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Macon-Bibb County plan to appeal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fayetteville junior college gets planners’ OK
A request by Georgia Military College that would put the first college built from the ground up in Fayette County received unanimous approval by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on July 22.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Planning Commission on senior complex: ‘Good project, bad location’
The proposal was good but the location was not. That was the decision by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on July 22, recommending that the proposed Fayette Place senior housing community along Ga. Highway 54 be denied by the City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta Commission votes 7-0 to raise property taxes
Augusta commissioners broke a seven-year trend Wednesday and agreed 7-0 to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills to cover a deficit and provide employees a small bonus.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Study predicts urban “megalopolis” stretching from Raleigh to Atlanta
Without major changes in land development, urban areas in the Southern United States will likely double in size by 2060 and create an urban “megalopolis” that stretches from Raleigh to Atlanta, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and North Carolina State University.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lumpkin named Georgia police chief of the year
Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Jack Lumpkin has been named Georgia’s chief of the year by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Demorest discusses fire coverage, station issues
Since signing an automatic aid agreement to provide fire protection for un-served or underserved areas of Habersham County, Demorest Fire Department's call volume has skyrocketed.
Source: Access North Georgia

Alpharetta approves Mayfield townhomes
The corner of Mayfield Road and Canton Street in Alpharetta will soon get a lot busier, as 19 new homes are planned to go in on the 2.3 acres.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell elects new judge
After a special election and several weeks of runoff campaigning, Roswell finally has a new municipal court judge – Brian Hansford.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell's Garrard Park gets expansion
In an example of governments working together for the common good, Fulton County and the city of Roswell are entering into an intergovernmental agreement to allow 3 acres of land owned by Fulton County to be used as part of Roswell's Garrard Park.
Source: NorthFulton.com

West Point planning board proposes sign ordinance change
West Point’s planning board proposed a change to the city’s sign ordinance at the Tuesday evening work session.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Fayetteville agrees to 90-day extension of joint aid contract
Along with the many changes to the Fayetteville budget adopted July 17 was a recommendation of another kind. The City Council on a 4-1 vote agreed to take over all permitting and inspections in the West Fayetteville area that primarily includes Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville adopts FY ’15 budget with no net tax increase
What had been a proposed FY 2015 budget with a quarter-mill property tax increase and a half-mill increase for capital improvements turned out to be no increase at all.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Reed supports selling land to help fund $250 million bond package, mum on parking and billboard taxes
Sometime in March 2015 Atlanta residents will be asked to vote on whether the city should take out a loan of up to $250 million to begin fixing its bridges, sidewalks, roads, and other long overdue projects that are a part of the city's nearly $1 billion infrastructure backlog.
Source: Creative Loafing

Lambert resigns as Buchanan chief
Buchanan Police Chief Tracy Lambert has resigned and will leave the office on Aug. 6.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Kingston hosts empty public hearing
When the Kingston City Council opened its Monday night public hearing on the 2014 budget, it faced an empty room.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Emerson council issues moratorium on conditional use permits
The Emerson City Council declined to approve a request from Mad Dog Headers, an automobile accessory manufacturer, to rezone the property at 105 Second St. from C-1, neighborhood retail commercial, to C-2, community retail commercial.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Dunwoody council approves 2,400-square-foot temporary sign
Even at half its original proposed size, the temporary sign seemed too much for some on Dunwoody City Council. But the 50-percent reduction was enough for others.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

First hearing on millage rate Thursday
The city of Douglasville will hold its first public hearings Thursday on a potential 50 percent property tax rate increase
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council hears pitch for tax measure on November ballot
For more than two hours Tuesday morning, Columbus Council listened to three experts from Atlanta outlining the advantages of Tax Allocation Districts, an economic development tool that allows newly created tax revenue to be plowed back into specially designated areas for infrastructure improvements to encourage redevelopment.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Riverdale swears in new city manager after 4-month search
E. Scott Wood expressed his eagerness to begin working with the residents and government of Riverdale after he was sworn in as the new city manager Monday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Riverdale swears in interim as city clerk
Council members had to search the chambers for tissues when they swore in a visibly-moved Sherry Henderson as city clerk Monday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Lillian Webb Park water features could stay shut down until January
Just when they’re needed most, the fountains and “splash pad” at Lillian Webb Park are out of service, and the city of Norcross expects them to stay that way potentially for the rest of the year.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville economic development office receives international award
Snellville’s economic development office has been recognized on a global scale.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Marietta keeps tax rates same: Increased property values allow government to collect more money
The city will collect more in taxes next year, but rates will not increase.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Ringgold plans 3% hike in property tax rate
The city of Ringgold will raise its property tax (millage) rate for the first time in years.
Source: Catoosa County News

New Sam’s Club construction set to begin this fall
The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved the developer’s plans to demolish the old Wal-Mart building and move forward with construction on the wholesale store Sam’s Club.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta City Council to consider adding land to city
The City Council will consider adding 16 acres of property to its limits at tonight’s committee meetings.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Geocaching comes to Newton County
The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.
Source: Covington News

Smyrna eyes same-sex couple benefits
A policy that would allow the same-sex partners of city employees to receive the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts is under consideration by Smyrna officials.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

‘We cannot allow this’: Councilman targets homeless camp near Allgood Road
Councilman Anthony Coleman set out to rid his district of vagrants Saturday afternoon.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City to vote on code alternatives
The City of Covington will present some amendments to its fire code ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting after reaching a consensus on it in a work session Tuesday.
Source: Covington News

Kennesaw Board of Ethics tables talk of bullying
Although the Kennesaw Board of Ethics plans to submit a revised version of the city’s ethics code to the city clerk later this week, it will contain no language about “bullying” or “intimidation.”
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

GM plant redevelopment plan brought to residents
More than 75 people packed a Doraville town hall meeting Tuesday night with questions about the proposed redevelopment of an old General Motors factory site.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lack of money forces Rossville Public Library to cut hours
The Rossville Public Library will be open only 18 hours a week starting Monday, compared to 30 hours at its sister libraries in Chickamauga and LaFayette.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Disappearing crosswalks will be back in downtown Statesboro
Traffic was blocked around the intersection of West Main and College streets Monday night and Tuesday morning as contractors removed the brick pavers from the four crosswalks.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Eyes on the Road: Flowery Branch restudying bridge bids
Flowery Branch has hit a delay in its much-needed Spring Street bridge project.
Source: Gainesville Times

Savannah tap water wins statewide taste test
Savannah’s drinking water was declared the best-tasting in Georgia during a recent statewide taste test. The “Best of the Best Taste” award was given to Savannah by the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham County offers new metro police agreement
Chatham County officials are seeking more control over the governance of the Savannah-Chatham police department before a new police chief is hired, in addition to the implementation of a revised funding formula before the end of the year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City, nonprofit team to save roof, home
When Carol Brown's roof began to leak last year, she contacted the city of Savannah and Community Help Inc., a local nonprofit that works to help low-income reside
Source: Savannah Morning News

City applying for grant for roof repairs
Griffin is applying for a grant for patchwork to the roof at the old city hall building.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Battle over vacant buildings in downtown Augusta could go to court
A heated legal battle is brewing in downtown Augusta’s historic district, where city notices to demolish or rehabilitate two vacant buildings have set off fighting over property that hasn’t received much attention in more than a decade.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

City receives first FEMA reimbursement for ice storm cleanup
Augusta has received its first distribution of federal reimbursement money for cleanup from a winter ice storm.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Compromise on tax increase expected at called meeting
Augusta commissioners appear headed to a possible compromise on a property tax increase after defeating a $9 million increase at a called meeting Monday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Mayor Reed unveils short-term savings plan
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed vowed Tuesday to implement $21 million in savings so the city can afford the annual payments on the $250 million infrastructure bond he plans to submit to voters next year.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Aragon council to make hard financial choices
Financial decisions will top the agenda of a called Aragon council meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31 in the City’s Municipal Building, located at 2814 Rome Highway.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Crossroads Apartments averts closure after owner produces evidence it’s safe
The city of Perry’s planned action against Crossroads Apartments was averted after its owner, Mark Green, was able to provide the city with a letter from a structural engineer that says the building in question is safe for occupancy, said Fire Chief Joel Gray.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Grantville seeks budget solutions
Citing the need for the city to become more fiscally responsible, Sells acknowledged that the need to establish control over the current budget is a primary concern and one of the biggest problems is overtime.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

LaFayette’s audit is complete, report is good
The final audit for the city of LaFayette’s fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2013, was delivered during the city council meeting on Thursday, July 24.
Source: Catoosa County News

City Commission blocks rezoning for beauty salon with 4-2 vote
A Rome woman’s second try to get a piece of property in the city rezoned from suburban residential to community commercial in hopes of establishing a beauty salon has once again been halted.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Improvement Association formed for U.S. 278 corridor
A group of business people with properties along U.S. Highway 278 have taken another step toward forming a community improvement district.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington Explorers make high marks at regional competition
The next generation of local law enforcement officers has made a strong showing of its skills and knowledge at the 2014 Regional Law Enforcement Competition.
Source: Newton Citizen

Study: Duluth, Suwanee among state's safest cities
A recently released study cites two Gwinnett County cities among the safest places to live in Georgia.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth City Council discusses Scott Hudgens Park access
The Duluth City Council had multiple topics to discuss during Monday’s work session but spent a lot of time discussing access issues at Scott Hudgens Park.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Rincon OKs warranty, change order for fire station
The city of Rincon has started the one-year warranty period for its newest fire station.
Source: Effingham Herald

Public meeting to focus on zoning changes
The City of Kennesaw will have a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw, that will kick off public participation on zoning for the Cherokee Street corridor and the move from conventional zoning codes to design-based codes.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Springfield eyes sidewalk, drainage improvements
A day-long discussion by Springfield City Council members and key staff could lead to the go-ahead for several projects and improvements around the city.
Source: Effingham Herald

City manager address Savannah-Chatham police turnover
City Manager Stephanie Cutter and interim Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Julie Tolbert are implementing new initiatives to try to retain the department’s trained officers as the number leaving the department grows.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Granite “Macon 1823” sign close to finding new home
It’s not easy to get a public sign erected, given the red tape that’s often part of the process. Now imagine it’s 40 feet long and made of 10 tons of pink granite.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Firefighter pay proposal to go before Augusta Commission
A proposal to boost the salaries of Augusta firefighters will go before the full commission next week after the public safety committee voted Monday to pass the item on consent.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta Commission holds off on tax increase
Seven Augusta Commission members nixed a proposed tax increase Monday that would cost a typical homeowner $70 a year, leaving the countywide millage unset with just a few days to meet state deadlines.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Accommodating cyclists might be good economic development move
Here’s hoping that a good number of business people, Athens-Clarke County government representatives, and people with special insight into bicycling in Athens will make the time this evening to learn about Bikabout.com, a new Web-based service focused on facilitating bicycle tourism in cities.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Life after the Braves
With the Atlanta Braves moving to Cobb County and the Turner Field site again poised for redevelopment, the local community is organizing to get an early seat at the planning table for a change.
Source: Creative Loafing

Douglass House demolition decision delayed
Macon’s zoning commission delayed Monday a decision on an application to demolish downtown’s historic Douglass House until its next meeting.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Senoia’s Walking Dead wall may live awhile
The Senoia City Council will conduct a public hearing on Aug. 18 to consider amending the agreement with Stalwart Films that would leave a 15-foot wall in place around portions of the Gin Property until 2019.
Source: Fayette Citizen

A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.
A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Danielsville to hold Nov. 4 beverage referendum
Danielsville could be the first city in the county to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday.
Source: Madison County Journal

Unpaid fines add up to big bucks
When Pembroke Police Chief Stacy Strickland asked his clerk to audit the department’s files and find out how many unpaid fines might be floating around out there somewhere, he probably wasn’t prepared for the answer he got.
Source: Bryan County News

Milledgeville is a great community, it can get better
The local community is gearing up for a special event next month in celebration of downtown Milledgeville’s time in the spotlight.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

As it celebrates 75 years, Sugar Hill looks forward
Louis Grizzle has lived each of Sugar Hill’s 75 years of cityhood.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Work resuming to renovate Harlem's Columbia Theatre
Every evening, the pink and yellow neon lights of the Columbia Theatre marquee glow brightly in downtown Harlem.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Rome City Commission to set tax rate tonight at meeting
The city of Rome’s past and future finances will be highlighted at the regular meeting of the board of commissioners tonight.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City employees join wellness challenge to walk around the world
Nancy Harvill said people have been asking her why so many City of Covington employees are walking around town recently.
Source: Covington News

GreenBelt nearing halfway point
Fans at the Sept. 19 University of West Georgia homecoming will have more to cheer about than just the football game. That’s the night when the city of Carrollton will officially open a 1.2-mile segment of the Carrollton GreenBelt through the campus.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Make Tybee Road, bridges top priorities
As Tybee Island has become a more popular destination for locals and tourists, it is evident that we need to address safety issues on the causeway and bridges that connect Tybee to the mainland.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Columbus newcomer among state's Young Gamechangers
In the fall of 2012, Sharon Hill, executive director of the Atlanta-based Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, was looking to hire someone to open the nonprofit organization's first satellite office, which ended up in Columbus.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

New cities debated across DeKalb County
The idea of turning all of DeKalb County into a patchwork map of cities, suggested by Interim CEO Lee May, doesn’t appear to have gained much traction with a group of community leaders, experts and lawmakers planning the county’s future.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Safe Routes to School network starts next summer
At the moment, six of the seven Baldwin County public schools are clustered together and cut off from residential areas by a trio of busy highways.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City monies shifted again
More financial action has occurred with City of Milledgeville investment monies that were the subject of the recent City Council taped conversation saga.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Mayor, council pursue audit over SPLOST funding
Lovejoy officials want answers to questions about whether Clayton County cities have received their total share of SPLOST dollars.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council members press repeat on city solicitor discussion
Discussion over the city solicitor position is becoming a bit like deja vu in Forest Park.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Lovejoy considers citizen IDs
Officials are considering creating city-based IDs in Lovejoy.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Officials: Canton budget work in progress
While the Canton City Council has reviewed a preliminary budget, Chief Finance Officer Nathan Ingram anticipates changes and more discussions to come before the first budget public hearing Aug. 7.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Developer markets homes near Square
Restaurants on the Marietta Square could soon have competition if a developer gets its wish.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw ethics board to discuss bullying, intimidation
A specially-called ethics meeting to “discuss enhancements on ‘bullying’ and ‘intimidation’” will fall just over a week after Mayor Mark Mathews singled out a citizen during a council meeting for posting unflattering comments about him on her social media page.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Senoia set to get license plate reader camera
The Senoia Police Dept. received approval from the City Council on July 21 to purchase a license plate reader camera system for use on one patrol car.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Vienna designated Purple Heart City
As part of a continued effort to honor the men and women of the city who have served bravely in the Armed Forces, the City of Vienna has recently been designated a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Auburn goes back and forth on street light fee
The first round of budget talks in Auburn included a discussion about whether residents should pay a fee for streetlights.
Source: Barrow County News

It's cowards who give up on downtown
The biggest obstacle that stands in the way of downtown redevelopment is the lack of courage — the absence of the American spirit, if you will — necessary to face a challenge
Source: Albany Herald

Sandy Springs Planning New Performing Arts Center
The City of Sandy Springs is considering building a performing arts center as part of its City Center project.
Source: WABE

Savannah demolitions on abandoned properties on the decline
Last year, the city paid about $25,000 to demolish seven dilapidated structures deemed too dangerous to stand. The number of razed properties continued a downward trend in such demolitions since 2010, when 37 structures were taken down at a cost of about $146,000.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon P&Z to decide fate Monday of Douglass House
The fate of the historic Douglass House in downtown Macon may be decided Monday by the Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning Commission.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Boys and Girls Club campers build a city
LaGrange has some new city planners already building the town of the future.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Airport deal reached Friday
The City of Griffin and Spalding County commissions along with the Griffin-Spalding Airport Authority now have an agreement to come up with a new agreement on the new airport.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Plan could cut flooding, stormwater damage in Dalton
Last year, Dalton City Council members asked Dalton Utilities to take another crack at solving the stormwater problems around McClellan Creek.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Augusta Commission set to approve $9 million tax increase
Augusta Commission members are set to tentatively pass a $9 million property tax increase at a called meeting today.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Chatham Commission chairman threatens vote to end police merger
Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott on Friday said he is prepared to place a vote before commissioners to end the Savannah-Chatham police department merger agreement if the county manager is not allowed to give his consent in the appointment of a new police chief.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Historical maps displayed at Savannah City Hall
Retired history professor John Duncan has been collecting maps for 50 years. About 10,000 of them are available at the store he has operated in Savannah since 1983, V. & J. Duncan Antique Maps and Prints.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chattahoochee Hills may annex land in Coweta
The city of Chattahoochee Hills, in south Fulton County, is considering annexing 178.78 acres on Shell Road in Coweta County.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Elections qualifying set for Grantville
Jim Sells’ recent decision to not seek re-election in November now leaves the mayor’s race in Grantville wide open.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Augusta Fire Department chief submits salary proposal to public safety committee
The Augusta Fire Depart­ment will present a pay raise proposal for firefighters and administrators to the county’s public safety committee Monday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Roswell looking to reinvent alleyways
The idea of an “alley” often conjures up inhospitable images of the seamy and shadowy, dank and dimly lit, crime ridden and drug dealing, boarded up and garbage strewn.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rockmart still scene of building projects
The Rockmart Building Department (RBD) has issued a total of 33 permits with an improved property value of $6,919,900 during the past fiscal year.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Madison council sets millage rates
The Madison City Council voted to adopt 2014 millage rates for the city of Madison and the downtown and corridor special tax districts at its called meeting on Monday, July 21.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Court hearing over Ringgold flag dispute delayed until November
The six-year dispute between the city of Ringgold and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) over the display of a Confederate flag will go on for a little while longer after a court hearing regarding the matter slated for Friday, July 25, has been delayed until early November.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rutledge City Council sets new millage rate
The City of Rutledge held its third and final public hearing to discuss the Millage Rate on Monday. “This being the third meeting I don’t think there is a lot to discuss at this point,” said Rutledge City Council Member Timothy Smith.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Curb cut to affect on-street parking on Fourth Avenue
Rome officials approved a curb cut on Fourth Avenue that will eliminate three parking places on the side of a building owned by telecommunications entrepreneur Dave Parker at 400 Broad St.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Police: K-9 unit extremely effective
When Sgt. Donald Babbin began working at the Brunswick Police Department in 2006, he came to the department hoping he would get the chance to work with a police K-9 dog.
Source: Brunswick News

Kennesaw mayor to have town hall meeting
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews will be conducting a Town Hall meeting at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw, on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. to listen to constituent concerns and answer questions about programs, policies, safety and services.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Local Funeral Home Asks City Leaders For Permission To Build Crematorium
The Trenton City Commission held its regular monthly meeting last week. The biggest issue for the meeting turned out to be the last one on the agenda when Mayor Anthony Emanuel reported that a local business owner ask for a zoning variance that would allow a crematorium to be built.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Flowery Branch council approves rezoning for planned unit development
A rezoning of residential land near downtown Flowery Branch opens the property for new homes.
Source: Gainesville Times

City of Americus shelves recycling program for now
The Americus City Council voted to put its proposed recycling program on the shelf, at least for now.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Savannah River's toxicity status explained
A June report in which the Savannah River fared poorly was re-examined at Thursday’s City Council workshop in Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City's special tax revenue under budget
The Savannah City Council may have to adjust its budget for projects being funded by the current 1 percent sales tax.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Dee Griffin hired as Augusta Fire Department's public information officer
An Augusta native with a background in TV news is becoming the new voice of Augusta Fire Department.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Our Town: Sugar Hill
In 2000, Marc Cohen became the 50th homeowner in his Sugar Hill subdivision. The main thoroughfare of the area was a narrow road that wound past an old city building. About 5,000 residents lived in the tiny Gwinnett town, but things were changing rapidly.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Should Atlanta's next civic center be built near Bellwood Quarry?
Earlier this week, Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond introduced a resolution asking Mayor Kasim Reed to consider replacing the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, the 47-year-old city-owned arts and entertainment venue in Old Fourth Ward that's likely to be sold and redeveloped, with a new facility adjacent to Bellwood Quarry.
Source: Creative Loafing

Sandy Springs halts new apartment projects
The national apartment boom is concerning to more than just investors. Add political leaders to the list.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cyclorama, zoo project now part of Reed’s redevelopment vision
The plan to move the Cyclorama to the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead isn’t just about preserving a historic city treasure and opening up Grant Park property to expand the zoo.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution